A Selection of Past Meetings


The IBO has had many meetings offering interesting content and a chance to catch up. Here are some notes on some recent occasions ...

Summer Meeting, Peterborough Cathedral and King's College Cambridge 03 June 2017

We returned to East Anglia for our summer meeting this year where we visited two of the country’s most prestigious organs: the 1894 William Hill at Peterborough Cathedral, which has been repitched to standard concert pitch from old philharmonic pitch; and then the recent restoration of the 1934 Harrison & Harrison organ at King’s College where we also attended Choral Evensong (the photograph shows the IBO group waiting to go into the Chapel) and then many members stayed afterwards to hear a recital by Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music. Thanks go to Stephen Grahl and Andrew Reid for their talks at Peterborough Cathedral and also to Stephen for a superb demonstration. We are also indebted to Andrew Scott and Duncan Mathews of Harrison & Harrison for their informative talks at both venues.

Once again the sun shone for us too, making the day all the more enjoyable!

Annual General Meeting, Christ Church, Spitalfields 22 April 2017

William Drake's celebrated restoration of the Richard Bridge organ at Christ Church, Spitalfields was the focus for the morning's event at the 2017 AGM, where we heard presentations by Gerard Brooks (Organ Curator), Nicholas Thistlethwaite (joint consultant with William McVicker) and Geert Noppers (William Drake Ltd).

A new President - Andrew Moyes (Managing Director of Nicholson & Co.) - was elected during the course of the Annual General Meeting plus three new Board members - Gordon Blackledge,(David Wells Organ Builders), Richard Bower (Bower & Co.) and Jake Holmes (Harrison & Harrison Ltd) following the retirement of Chris Batchelor, Stephen Bayley and Michael Latham. Members were also updated on progress with the national apprenticeship scheme, which is looking very promising after years of hard work by Training Officer Geoff McMahon and the Training Committee.

Following the AGM, one of London's highly trained Blue Badge Guides took members on a tour of this historic area of East London where we learnt about the history of the Huguenot silk weavers in particular, plus the Georgian architecture and the famous Spitalfields Market.

Bedford & Titchmarsh Meeting 11 March 2017

The first meeting of 2017 was split over two venues, both looking at recent work by Harrison & Harrison Ltd. Once again the weather was kind to us with cool spring sunshine starting the day at St Andrew's Church Bedford, home to a new two manual organ. IBO President and Harrison & Harrison Managing Director Chris Batchelor opened the proceedings with Head Voicer Andy Scott then ably demonstrating the organ. A fine buffet lunch followed, with several members enjoying theirs in the courtyard garden.
A forty-five minute drive north took members into Northamptonshire, to Titchmarsh, where the imposing tower of St  Mary the Virgin can be seen on the approach to this pretty village. Harry Bramma, having that morning received the Lancelot Andrews award for long service as  Organ Adviser for Southwark Diocese, opened the afternoon's meeting with William McVicker then giving a presentation on T. C. Lewis followed by a demonstration by Harry Bramma and Andy Scott. Tea and cake rounded off a very successful day in East Anglia.